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Russia, Syria, Iran and Iraq coordinate their operations against Daesh

Russia, Syria, Iran and Iraq have agreed to establish an information center in the Iraqi capital Baghdad to coordinate their operations against DAESH (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, ISIS-ISIL) terrorist organization.

The main goal of the center will be gathering, processing and analyzing current information about the situation in the Middle East – primarily for fighting ISIS, a military-diplomatic source told Russian news agencies on Saturday.

The information center in the Iraqi capital will be headed by an officer of one of the founding countries on a rotating basis. Rotation will take place every three months. According to the source, Iraq will run the center for the next three months.

“The agreement is a milestone for uniting the region’s countries in the war on terrorism – primarily on Islamic State in Iraq and Syria terrorists,” the source added.

The source said that the success of the center will create favorable conditions in the near future for setting up a coordination committee to ensure the operational planning and management of Russian, Syrian, Iraqi and Iranian forces in fighting ISIS.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had recently called for establishing a broad-based anti-terrorism coalition in cooperation with the Syrian government, stressing that Russia will continue to support Syria militarily to that effect and in accordance with the military contracts signed between the two countries.

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Iraq: agreement on anti-ISIS joint information center with Russia, Syria and Iran

The Joint Operations Command in Baghdad announced agreement with Moscow, Damascus and Tehran to establish a joint information center in the Iraqi capital to coordinate operations against DAESH (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, ISIS-ISIL) terrorist organization.

The Command was quoted as saying in a statement that Iraq agreed with Russia, Syria and Iran on intelligence and security cooperation to “help and cooperate in collecting information about the terrorist Daesh [ISIS] group.”

Over the past months, Iraq has formed several committees for cooperation in security and intelligence with countries that had expressed their willingness to cooperate with Baghdad in facing the spread of ISIS gangs, the statement said.

The information center was first announced earlier on Saturday by a military source in Moscow, who said the center will involve representatives of the general staffs of the four countries’ army’s.

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Iraqi Popular Forces Not to Fight alongside Americans in Anbar

(FNA) ~ A senior leader of the Iraqi popular forces voiced concern about the consequences of the US military presence in battles against terrorists in al-Anbar province, and reiterated that his troops will not participate in joint operations with the Americans.

“The Iraqi popular forces are concerned about the Americans’ partnership in any military operations in al-Anbar province,” Hassan al-Sari told FNA on Wednesday.

Warning that the US has sought to annihilate the popular forces in Iraq since the beginning, he reminded Washington’s record of supporting the terrorist groups, including the ISIL.

“Popular forces’ joint operations with the American forces is impossible unless they get coordinated with the Iraqi government and Baghdad specifies them a set of objectives completely different and separate from our goals and objectives,” Sari underlined.

Earlier this week, the tribesmen of the Western province of al-Anbar complained that the US meddling in the fight against the ISIL had impeded their victory over the Takfiri terrorist group.

“The US meddling prevents the Iraqi army and popular forces from concluding their battles against the ISIL,” Sheikh Mohammad al-Harat, spokesman for Al-Anbar Tribesmen, told FNA on Monday.

He underlined that prolonging the Anbar battle would also negatively influence the Iraqi army’s battles against the terrorists in other provinces.

Sheikh al-Harat noted that the US military advisors usually rejected the Iraqi army’s military plans against the terrorist groups in Anbar province, but when these plans were put into action, they proved successful.

Also, earlier this month, an Iraqi analyst said that the US was using some tribesmen in the Western province of Anbar to pressure the government in Baghdad to keep the popular forces away from the battle against terrorists in the volatile region.

Mohammad Na’na expressed regret that Washington has succeeded in persuading certain tribal leaders in Anbar to join its so-called war on the ISIL.

“Washington is pressuring the Iraqi government to exclude the popular forces from the Anbar province mop-up operations,” he told FNA.

Na’na, meantime, warned against the United States’ negative role in the war on ISIL, saying field reports showed that the US ground troops had played no role in the operations that led to the liberation of Anbar.

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Iraq Rejects US Request for Partnership in Combat against ISIL

(FNA) ~ Iraqi Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahamad Jamal announced on Wednesday that Baghdad has rejected Washington’s demand for the deployment of the US ground force to Iraq’s war against the ISIL.

“Some of the US military officials and generals of the anti-ISIL coalition forces have indirectly underlined the necessity for dispatching the US ground troops to Iraq to join the combat against the terrorist group,” Jamal said.

“But, Iraq is opposed to the presence of any ground force from the US or any other member states of the coalition in the fight against the terrorist groups, because the Iraqi people do not want to see any foreign soldiers on their soil and they do not want to experience the bitter taste of the US military presence on their land once against,” the spokesman added.

Earlier this month, the Iraqi popular forces known as Hashed Al-Shaabi also underlined their opposition to the US forces’ partnership in fighting against terrorists in the Western province of Anbar.

“The US will not sacrifice even one of its soldiers for Iraq and their present meddling in the government’s affairs is a plot to disintegrate Iraq,” Karim al-Nouri, a commander of the popular forces, said.

He reminded that Hashed Al-Shaabi has earned many victories against the terrorists, and said, “Therefore, the popular forces will not wait for anyone’s permission and will continue fighting against the ISIL.”

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